Milton Cinema

556 Adams Street,
Milton, MA 02186

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Milton Cinema

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The State Theatre, located in East Milton operated for over five decades and closed as the Milton Cinemain 1987. The theater is still standing, although the owners seem to have no plan to reopen it.

Contributed by Bruce R Talanian

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 9, 2007 at 4:16 pm

The theatre was badly damaged (gutted) by fire on Monday evening, October 8, 2007. The fire apparently started in the kitchen of Java Joe’s and spread into the restaurant’s storage space (which is the theatre). The Milton Fire Chief described the theatre as a “tinderbox”. The fire went to 5 alarms. The roof was burned off, as was some of the roof of Java Joe’s. Luckily, there was little damage to adjacent shops. Java Joe’s manager was quoted as saying that there had been plans to remodel the restaurant space plus the theatre into one big new restaurant, but those plans came to nothing some time ago. The news report in the Quincy Patriot Ledger does not state what will happen next. (Nowhere in this news story is the theatre’s name mentioned).

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 9, 2007 at 4:27 pm

Here’s the Boston Globe story on the fire. It says the former theatre space was “now used mostly to store auto parts”.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 9, 2007 at 4:32 pm

Patriot Ledger article, with video coverage of the fire.

bocr86
bocr86 on February 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Yes, there was a fire at the coffee shop and it did spread to the old theater, however, I live down that street and the old theater is still standing. The coverage of the fire shows the theater, which can be seen here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-qiAA3EM_M

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 29, 2009 at 11:37 am

Re: ken mc’s photo of May 1 — note the name on the marquee “Milton Cinema”, NOT “East Milton Cinema”. My memory is that this theater was called the State for many years, then the Milton Cinema.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 13, 2010 at 11:03 am

Under “E. Milton” (Mass.) there is one movie theater listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook: the Cunningham Park with 386 seats, open one day per week. I know nothing about it; there is a large public park in East Milton called Cunningham Park.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on December 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Here is a Youtube video of a recent walk through the old State Theater/Milton Theater. Frankly, the video is not very good, and it is hard to hear much of the talking or see much. But the shell of the auditorium is still intact. Looks like there’s some sunlight peaking through the roof, though.

BDE
BDE on November 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Yeah, that’s my crappy footage. The phone I took it with turned the video sideways. Apologies for the quality. First off, it was an experience I was looking forward to since I was a child. I missed that theater and it killed me every time I got a coffee in the “Java Joe’s that took over the front lobby area. The auditorium was walled off, basically keeping the auditorium intact. The seats were all removed, as well as the screen. The whole for the projection booth was still there however the room was made into storage for the coffee shop. The ceiling didn’t have any light coming in from it. The light was from the hanging workman’s lights they had in there. The fire that destroyed the coffee shop did do a lot of structural damage to the premise, and the floor was down to it’s concrete. The shell of it all is intact. It is easily a $7 million restoration. My Best and Oldest friend arranged the meeting with the owner and went over numbers and figures. We have been speaking with an investor although it looks like nothing will be happening soon. It’s still our goal to return the theater to as close to the old appearance as possible, as well as have it as a theater for performing arts. There is one definite guarantee. If we are blessed enough to have this happen the first movie to be shown will be "Jaws”. Keep your fingers crossed and hope to see you there sooner than later.

BDE
BDE on November 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm

FYI. I just edited the video so it no longer appears sideways. Enjoy.

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